Bad Monkey Tube Overdrive review by DigiTech

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Ease of Use: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.2 (138 votes)
DigiTech: Bad Monkey Tube Overdrive

Purchased from: Gear 1 Music

Sound — 9
This is pretty much a cheap version of an Ibanez Tube Screamer, only it's a more smooth sounding Overdrive. Though it is only a $40, it is great at what it is supposed to do. Using the pedal alone, you can go from the Stevie Ray Vaughan sounds, to Jimi Hendrix, to Led Zeppelin if tweaked right. Like other Overdrive pedals, it also can act as a boost to an amp that already has gain, to make your tone thicker, put more character into your notes, etc. The thing that I love about this pedal is that it also will maintain your guitar's tone. Bluesy leads, shrieking leads, whatever you want. Though this is a great quality pedal especially for the money, It is recommended that the reader should try out several Overdrive pedals, because it's all a matter of personal preference whether or not one likes the Bad Monkey or the Tube Screamer better.

Overall Impression — 9
There is really not much else to say that hasn't been said already. It's nice smooth Overdrive for a great price of $40, it's reliable, durable, and will serve those Who understand the purpose of an Overdrive pedal nicely. Got an amp that has built in Overdrive, but it's just not enough? Try this pedal out for a good boost.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I've had absolutely no technical problems what'soever with this pedal, though just like any other stomp box, it will suck down battery juice pretty quickly. Also, it's made out of hard metal casing. I've dropped this pedal and have drug it around, yet the pedal still has yet to have any dings in it.

Ease of Use — 10
As long as you understand it's purpose, this pedal is just as easy as any other DigiTech stomp box. The knobs are level, low, high, and gain. The Bad Monkey is very versatile, yet also easy to get cool sounds out of it. Take note that this is an Overdrive pedal. Not a distortion pedal. Don't expect to get some brutal gain out of the pedal alone. This is used to add some grit to your cleans, or add an extra boost to an amp that can already be overdriven.

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    I use this pedal to add boost and a little dirt to my VOX AC15CC. The tone controls for both high and low settings make it a good alternative to some thing like a Boosta Grande.
    This pedal does anything from a little boost to hard rock, I like to distort my amp then use this it picks up harmonics great I'd go as far to say it does metal. Thats with a strat with a tone zone in the bridge, this, and a vox pathfinder (yes, I know thats considered a ss amp by most people but it works great with it)